Babolat Pure Aero

Several months ago, Rafael Nadal was spotted using a blacked out prototype frame that had the tennis world abuzz. Those who follow Babolat racquet design know that Babolat traditionally follows a 3.5-3 year product cycle – so was this the new Aeropro Drive? Now we can officially introduce the new Babolat Pure Aero, endorsed by Rafael Nadal in an exciting new matte black and fluorescent yellow cosmetic. An emphasis on spin friendly design remains a carryover from the design of the Aeropro Drive family of racquets. An updated Aeromodular beam design produces 11% less drag than the previous Aeropro Drive. The edges of the frame have a more finely honed edge that provides aerodynamic benefit without fundamentally changing what you have always liked about the 23/26/23mm beam design of the previous Aeropro Drive. Data compiled from the past 18 months of Babolat PLAY sessions enhanced the development of Babolat FSI (Frame String Interaction) string technology first used in the 2015 Pure Drive. FSI Spin evolves this technology with not only a more open string pattern spacing near the edge/denser in middle of frame, but also permits more movement of the main strings, due to horizonally slotted grommet openings at 6:00 and 12:00.
The old saying, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is one that Babolat typically sticks very close to. The Pure Aero offers a solid, evolved update to the Aeropro Drive without trying to re-invent the wheel. Players seeking outstanding spin potential with the added pop of the wider beam you have come to know and love will find the Babolat Pure Aero an incredible update to the Babolat racquet family.

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2015 Western & Southern Player Field Announcement

Cincinnati, Ohio (July 16th, 2015) – Shortly after agreeing to a freshly minted, three year contract extension to remain the title sponsor of Cincinnati’s historic tennis tournament, the Western & Southern Open was pleased to announce both the Men’s & Women’s tournament fields for this year’s tournament.  Cincinnati’s premier tennis event will take place from August 15th to August 23rd at the Linder Family Tennis Center 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The player field announcement was held at the historic Mercantile Library located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.

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W&S Open placed headbands on the historic statues at the Mercantile Library

The Men’s commitment list features the top 43 players in the World (rankings as of    entry deadline of June 30) including the famously dubbed “Big 4″. The World’s No. 1  player Novak Djokovic, fresh off his 3rd career Wimbledon title, is looking claim the    Rookwood Cup for the first time in his career and become the first player to win all nine  of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 series events. The Men’s field also includes the 2015  French Open champion & World No. 4, Stan Wawrinka. The field is littered with6  grand slam champions including one of the greatest players of all time & five time  (’14,’12,’10,’09,’0&) defending champion(2014, ’12, ’10, ’09, ’07) Roger Federer. The  Men’s field will be jammed back with great competition.

The Women’s draw will feature the WTA’s World Top 39 tennis players including  World No.1 Serena Williams. Williams who will be looking to complete the calendar grand slam at the end of August, is looking to defend her title she claimed last year in Cincinnati. The World No. 19 ranked player, Victoria Azarenka, will look to continue her comeback 2015 campaign and play well at the tournament she won just two years ago. New comers, 2015 Wimbledon Runner Up Garbine Muguruza and rising American, Madison Keys will look to continue make loud statements with there play at the Western & Southern Open.

The Western & Southern Open established in 1899, is the oldest professional tennis tournament in the United States that is still held in it’s original city. The W&S Open is only one of five events in the world outside of the Grand Slams with events of both ATP Tour Masters 1000 series and a Premier 5 event for the WTA occurring during the same week at the same venue. According to a report in 2011, the Western & Southern Open produced a $62.5 million impact for the economy of Great Cincinnati through its capital expansion, tournament operations and spending by visitors outside the area.

With over $23 million dollars spent in the recent years on expansion, the Western & Southern Open hopes that 2015 will be marked the year of the “fan”. As most fan’s spend around 6 1/2 hours at the tournament, the W&S Open has recently developed the WSOPENNOW app that will alert fans of practice schedules, match times & other fun things going on around the grounds. Powernet will return to the Lindner Family Tennis Center this year as the event’s Official Wi-Fi Provider. Powernet will expand its free-access, public Wi-Fi network to cover the entire tournament venue, which measures just under 20 acres.

The event will be broadcasted by the Tennis Channel, ESPN 2 and CBS to more than 67 million people in 170 countries worldwide. The Western & Southern Open is one of the last stops prior to the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

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Starting on August 15th, players will compete to put their names on the historic Rookwood Cup.

Legendary Performance, Timeless Value: Diadora Tennis

The word Diadora comes from the greek διὰ δωρέα “dia-dorea” Which means “to share gifts and honours”.

Quality and workmanship have been hallmarks for the Diadora tennis brand from the days of Borg, Vilas, and Cash in the 70’s and 80’s, Becker, Courier and Kuerten in the 90’s and 00’s, through today. For the discerning tennis player looking for a brand based on heritage and its use of high end materials, great colors and comfort, look no further than Diadora. (have pics of Borg, Vilas, Courier, and Kuerten saved in Diadora shoe folder.)

The Speed Star K model makes use of kangaroo leather for softness, comfort and sensitivity. Use of this material is more common in soccer, but lends itself well to the rigors of tennis, offering a supple, custom feeling fit to the upper. Double Action 2 and Axeler Heel Propulsion further add to the technology features of the Diadora Speed Star. Axeler Heel Propulsion is made from Pebax, a highly elastic memory material. Thanks to a specially contoured insert the Axeler Heel Propulsion ensures maximum shock absorption during impact with the ground. A 2015 Tennis Magazine top pick!

The Speed Pro EVO offers a lightweight option with excellent breathability thanks to the use of Supreltech Air mesh and Dia Shield. Socklike fit with unitongue construction. Also continues the use of Double Action 2 cushioning and Axeler Heel Propulsion. Incredible comfort with a great splash of color! Also highly rated in the 2015 Tennis Magazine shoe ratings issue!

In addition to the latest styles of Diadora, Midwest Sports offers a great selection of past generation models at discount prices. While supplies last!

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The King of Clay Dethroned

If Novak Djokovic ever wants to accomplish the career Grand Slam, step one of defeating the “King of Clay” at Roland Garros had to happen. Today the 8 time major champion, did what only one man (Roger Soderling) has ever done, beat Rafael Nadal on the red clay at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal entered Wednesday’s match against World #1 Novak Djokovic with 9 titles and a 70-1 record at Roland Garros. After 2 hours and 26 minutes, Djokovic on Rafa’s 29th Birthday, maintained his 27th straight match winning streak and dethroned the King of Clay 7-5, 6-3, 6-1.

Djokovic, who has won 40 of his 42 matches this season, clearly has his sights set on obtaining his first career title at Roland Garros. Novak knows that this was a huge win, but it only means his spot is secure in the semifinals of the French Open.

When asked about playing a familiar opponent Andy Murray in the semifinals Djokovic responded, “This is not the shadow of a doubt that he has made ​​great strides on clay. I looked a bit in Madrid and Rome too. I think he moves better than ever. It serves very well, he always has a very good ball control. It has a tennis background play absolutely outstanding, one of the best in this exercise. It is steeped in talent. Now I must advance. I just won a quarter-final but that was not the goal in itself. I’m here to win the title.”

Rafa whom was disappointment in his performance today, has hope for his future at Roland Garros, “I lost in 2009 and it’s not the end. I lost in 2015 and it’s not the end. I hope to be back here next year.” Djokovic ended Rafa’s 39 consecutive match winning streak at Roland Garros, and advanced to the semifinals where he will face Andy Murray who defeated David Ferrer 7-6 (4), 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.

After the big win, Novak added, “Right now I’m aware that this is a big win which I will enjoy tonight but tomorrow is a new day and I will move on.”

Wilson 2015 Blade Tennis Racquets

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One of the most played racquets on the ATP and WTA Tours, Wilson will update the Blade family in January 2015 with what looks to be the best version yet. In keeping with the stealth look of its predecessor, Wilson has added a striking green foil graphic at several points around the frame, no doubt for a bit more visual impact on court.

Technology updates include Parallel Drilled grommets for a more consistent response from the stringbed, as well as Braided Graphite + Basalt frame construction. Early playtests suggest that this remains the Blade you know and love, albeit with a bit more of a “cupping” effect where the ball feels like it remains on the frame a split second longer. Excellent feel and control remain, as do the specifications from the 98 (16×19, 98 (18×20), 104, and 98S (18×16) versions of this update.

Expect the Wilson Blade 2015 to have a strong presence on tour, as well as on courts everywhere, as the previous version has been very tough to come by in the latter part of 2014. Fortunately the Blade has continued its evolution from what was already an outstanding racquet to a world class performer that looks as good as it plays.

Barricade 2015 Tennis Shoe

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For those looking forward to the adidas Barricade 9, you will be met with a shoe that not only has a welcome surprise with its name, adidas Barricade 2015, but also with the amount of out of the box comfort and response. With a striking black and red colorway, this Barricade is visually attention grabbing and marks a departure from the plasticky upper found in the Barricade 8 and 8+. With a new Barricade chassis design, stability is not compromised, yet break in and response feel are much improved. Ballistic mesh and welded TPU upper for the most breathable Barricade yet. From a cushioning standpoint, adidas continues the use of adiprene and adiprene + for outstanding cushioning and propulsion. And what would the Barricade 2015 be with a 6 month durability warranty on the ADIWEAR 6 outsole! Durablity and stability have been hallmarks of the Barricade tennis shoe line for over a decade. Add comfort and improved flexibility in the Barricade 2015 to those defining features that have kept tennis players coming back!

The adidas Barricade 2015 will be available to ship on Thursday, December 4th!

Best Tennis Practices: Racquet Maintenance

Cold weather generally correlates to less outdoor activity.  The seasons are changing across the states & many of the non-indoor tennis players may be wondering, “how do I best preserve my tennis racquet during the down-time of the season.”

Well, Midwest Sports has some answers for you!

Your racquet is one of the most important tools in your game and  maintaining every aspect of it is essential. Here are five tips for maintaining your racquet.

 RacquetAnatomy1. Do not expose your racquet in any types of extreme heat or cold weather. It is vital to keep your racquet safe and secure in your racquet bag or in a ideal spot in one’s home. Very hot conditions can soften parts of the racquet, which could result in the loss of tension or even damaging the string.  Cold weather causes strings to become brittle and hard, try playing tennis with very hard/stiff strings, it is not good for one’s elbow.

2.  Before playing, inspect your frame. It is critical to understand the anatomy of your racquet. If you do your own personal stringing of your racquet,  don’t string a cracked, warped or otherwise defective frame.

3. Get your racquet restrung every 3-4 months if you are an active tennis player.   Many players do not realize that their tennis strings  are either dead or too loose.  Having either of those two situations could easily deteriorate one’s game.

4. Inspect the grommet strip and bumperguard of your racquet before playing. If the bumperguard is worn significantly and if it’s worn through to the frame replace it before restringing. Chances are the grommet strip will also have to be replaced.

5. Replace your grip twice a year. Your grip is the ultimate tool for one’s comfort on the racquet, if one does not take care of their particular grip, bacteria can form & the grip will deteriorate.

Those were just 5 easy tips of racquet maintenance! Now get your racquet that necessary tune up and hit the court!

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Serena Williams first Western & Southern title

Serena Williams takes home her first career title at the 2014 Western & Southern Open. Williams defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1. The match took 1 hour & 2 minutes. Serena had 12 aces to Ivanovic’s 1 ace. Williams will now attempt to ride this momentum into the U.S. Open in New York City.

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Andy Murray “It’s a pretty good ticket”

Q: It’s A sold-out crowd here today and a lot of people are talking about what a great lineup it is. Do these Masters 1000s feel different than slams? It’s a smaller event, but the fans still get to see sort of a blockbuster lineup all day.

Andy Murray: Yeah, I think if I was coming to watch as a fan, coming like to the Wednesday of a Masters Series, especially a combined one, yeah, is pretty much the best ticket you can get really.
You know, if I could buy one ticket, I would probably want to go and watch a slam final. But, you know, if you want to see all of the players, you can watch them practice, you can see obviously men and the women here. Yeah, it’s a pretty good ticket.

Q: You’d buy one of those tickets?

Andy Murray: I don’t know how much they are. (Laughter.) I’d think about it though.

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Day 4 Western & Southern Results

Western & Southern Open Main Draw Results

August 12th, 2014

ATP 1st & 2nd Round Main Draw Results

(1) Novak Djokovic d Gilles Simon 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 (Djokovic advances to the 3rd round)
(3) Stan Wawrinka d Benjamin Becker 6-3, 7-6 (Wawrinka advances to the 3rd round)
(9) Ernests Gulbis d Ivan Dodig 7-6, 7-6
Mikhail Youzhny d (12) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4
(13) Rberto Bautista Agut d Martin Klizan 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
(15) Marin Cilic d Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4
Vasek Popisil d Radek Stepanek 5-7, 6-1, 7-6
James Ward d Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Julien Benneteau d Blaz Rola 6-7, 6-3, 7-6
Steve Johnson d Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-1
Andreas Seppi d Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 6-7, 6-3

WTA 1st & 2nd Round Main Draw Results

(2) Simona Halep d Kirsten Flipkens
(5) Maria Sharapova d Madison Keys 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 (Sharapova advances to the 3rd round)
(12) Caroline Wozniacki d Shaui Khang 6-2, 6-2 (Wozniacki advances to the 3rd round)
(14) Sara Errani d Yanina Wickmayer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6
(15) Carla Suarez Navarro d Tsvetana Pironkova 6-3, 1-6, 7-6
(16) Lucie Safarova d Venus Williams 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
Sabine Lisicki d Roberta Vinci 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
Sloane Stephens d Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-3
Christina McHale d Nicole Gibbs 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Kurumi Nara d Romina Opradi 6-0, 6-2
Zarina Diyas d Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6, 7-6
Annika Beck d Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Ekaterina Makarova d Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-2

Stan Wawrinka digs deep for a ball at his feet during his match against Benjamin Becker

Stan Wawrinka digs deep for a ball at his feet during his match against Benjamin Becker